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is off today. we're going to start this morning in washington where all eyes on capitol hill as lawmakers try to work out on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the deadline is less than 48 hours away and as to whether they can get it done, the president says he's hopeful. >> i'm modestly ll lly optimis an agreement can be achieved. let's make sure that middle class families and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> both houses of congress are meeting in a rare sunday session. the house an hour later at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin now with the look at a chance for a deal and what's on the table. >> alison, here in washington, there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday, the president was at work here in the white house but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the baseline for the president, any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment insurance that would affect s
not reached a deal. >>> staying in washington, president obama appears set to nominate senator john kerry as his next secretary of state. hillary clinton said she would step down after the first term. susan rice was the expected choice, but she pulled her name out of the running because of the controversy over her comments in the wake of the benghazi attacks. >>> secretary clinton was supposed to testify about benghazi this week, but that's on hold now. she suffered a concussion and now she's resting at home. the secretary has been battling a stomach virus and fainted after becoming dehydrated. her office says it's not severe. >>> it's election day in japan and voters are choosing a new parliament. the election could return former prime minister to office if his liberal democratic party wins and lots of analysts expect that he'll win big. he's promised to get japan's struggling economy back on track. let's go back now to kate bolduan and john berman in connecticut. >> there are news going on around the world and thank you, victor, for keeping us to speed on that. >>> people will be going
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